Advocating for the Protection
and Celebration of First Nations
Cultural Heritage


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the custodians of an unbroken cultural legacy spanning many millennia.

The rich stories of the people and the landscapes of this country make Australia unique. First Nations Cultural Heritage tells the story of our past, present, and future.

Every day in Australia First Nations Cultural Heritage is being destroyed, damaged, desecrated, or disturbed. The destruction of the 46,000-year-old Juukan Caves by Rio Tinto horrified the world but was not an isolated occurrence nor was it illegal.

The laws to protect First Nations Cultural Heritage in Australia are broken – urgent reforms are required.

Conversational call to action

65,000 years. Over 3,000 generations. More than 300 languages.

Photo: Justin McManus    


June 18, 2024

NSW government takes major step to protect sacred Butterfly Cave: NIT
Giovanni Torre The NSW government is protecting a sacred Aboriginal Site, the Butterfly Cave, by acquiring an area of culturally significant bushland in the Hunter, it announced on Tuesday. The...
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June 17, 2024

Kabi Kabi people recognised as Native Title holders over the Sunshine Coast: ABC
ABC Sunshine Coast / By Kirra Grimes tralia’s east coast when native title has been recognised in a heavily urbanised area. It is also the first time that the right to “take resources...
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June 14, 2024

Gascoyne River in danger as cultural sites remain dry, traditional owners say: ABC
ABC Pilbara / By Alistair Bates Stepping gingerly across the crimson rocks of the Gascoyne River, Yinggarda elder Kath Ryan sings out a greeting tinged with sorrow. Ms Ryan, 71, says she is...
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Ngarrinderji Kaurna Elder and Traditional Owner Major Moogy Sumner

Join us in Protecting
Our National Treasures

First Nations Cultural Heritage is 65,000 years of culture and history that must be protected for all future generations, for all Australians and people the world over.

The damage to First Nations Cultural Heritage is a systemic issue. The laws and policies in place to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage are for the most part woefully inadequate – focused more on the regulation and facilitation of destruction than the protection of heritage.

We urge and invite people from all backgrounds and all sections of Australian society to gather and support our call to collectively celebrate and protect Australia’s Cultural Heritage.

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